By Kevin Phillips

14th Nov, 2021 | 4:37pm

Phillips 'worried' by what he's heard at Sunderland about Stewart injury

Kevin Phillips is ‘worried’ about Ross Stewart after an injury update from Sunderland manager Lee Johnson.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Stadium of Light legend said the Black Cats need to keep Stewart, 25, fit if they are to gain promotion this season.

As quoted by the Sunderland Echo (November 10th), Johnson revealed Stewart is having a shoulder injury “analysed” by the club’s medical department.

The striker may need an injection to allow him to continue playing.

Stewart has started the season in fine form and has scored an impressive 10 goals in 15 League One games.

Lee Johnson’s side welcome Ipswich Town to the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

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When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his reaction to the injury update, Phillips said:

“It is a big worry because physicality is a big part of Ross Stewart’s game.

“It is going to effect him and the team in regards to the way you play to him.

“Let’s just hope that the injection does not effect his performances too much. We will all keep our fingers crossed that it doesn’t.

“He’s been brilliant for Sunderland since he has come in.

“I have always said that if Sunderland are going to get promoted this season, they need someone to chip in with 20 goals. He looks like the man to do it so they need to keep him fit.”

Speaking on Stewart, Johnson said: “Ross Stewart is having his shoulder analysed.

“We might need an injection on that.”

In other news, it can be revealed Bristol City, Middlesbrough and Preston are in a race to sign a Sunderland star.